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What could we say about the Gut and the Brain? By Morgane Dean from M.D. Healing “Nutritional Therapy Practitioner & Remedial Massage Therapist” Nowadays, people are realising that the gut is the root cause of so many diseases. There is definitely more awareness about how food, diet and lifestyle have an impact on our health. From my personal health journey and professional experience as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and as a Remedial Massage Therapist, I believe that diet has an impact on at least 70% of our health. Almost 80% of our immune system sits in the gut. A healthy gut will protect you from foreign invaders like viruses, bacteria and parasites and much more. We can’t underestimate our good bacteria. They make 90% of our body as a human being. What is more important is that our bacteria makes up to 99.9% of our genes.

Diet is one thing, but digestion is as important. We are what we eat but we are also what we can digest and absorb. It is said that the gut is the “mother” of the body because of how it feeds everything from our brain to our skin, in the same way a mother feeds a child. When I first learnt about digestion, which I believe is the number one foundation for healing, I realised that it started in the brain. When we see and smell the food, our body is already releasing digestive enzymes before the food gets into our stomach. I also learnt that it is a north to south process. If the chain further up is not functioning properly the bottom line is impacted. For example: if there is no stomach acid released, we can’t

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have protection from parasites. Bacteria and Protein can’t be broken down properly which can set you up for a damaged gut (leaky gut) along with food allergies and sensitivities.

To be able to digest, we need to be in a relaxed state called “parasympathetic”. This will allow production of good saliva, stomach acid and many other enzymes to break down food so nutrients are available for the body. We can all recall the elders of the family saying “sit down & chew your food properly!”

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People. Produce. Places. Scenic Road Magazine is a boutique lifestyle publication for the Scenic Rim and Gold Coast Hinterland. This magazin...